Visit Pushkar, a town painted white, built
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provides many reasons to celebrate.
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Pushkar Fair - Pushkar
The charming little laid back town of Pushkar is a picturesque contrast
of white and blue, it's completely white washed city sits around the holy
lake, a refreshing blue. Its other famous contrasts include its cultural
mix of holy temples, hippy culture, Israeli settlers, boho fashions,
rustic Rajasthani folk, multiple cuisines and backpackers from around the
the month of Kartik this sleepy oasis converts into giant jamboree and
this town of 13,000 takes on the onslaught of humanity and livestock in
stride and that too with panache, providing everything from places to
tether camels to western-style lodgings and amenities. After all it's the
time of the year to take part in the world's biggest camel fair coinciding
with the festival that honours Brahma. The 200,000 pilgrims, farmers and
camel drivers who attend it each year are joined by 50,000 camels and
cattle, all descending on the small town of Pushkar at the edge of the
Marusthali Desert. They, in turn, are joined by Hindu holy men, vendors,
musicians, actors, tattoo artists, marriage brokers, outsiders and
tourists in a combination county fair, hoedown, shivaree and Chautauqua
that lasts seven days. It is said that, for pure spectacle, scope,
raucousness, color and happy hell-raising, no other fair on earth can
quite compare to it.
The all-inclusive warmth of the Rajasthani people makes the fair such an
extraordinary cultural event that locals, traders, pilgrims and tourists
alike, mingle and celebrate together. If you are a traveler here don't be
surprised to find yourself dressed in a colourful costume, dancing,
playing games and competing at games you may have never even heard of.
Travelers are also offered concessional rates on camels if they'd like to
The riotous costumes of the desert folk, add more of a celebratory touch
to this event. Men sport gaudy turbans and women are decked out in full
regalia, long heavily pleated skirts teamed with embroidered blouses,
colourful scarves draped over their heads, bangled by the armful and
bejeweled from head to toe, a wonderful photo-op, for free. The chief
participant of the fair, the camel takes pride of place here, not far
behind its fashion conscious owners it too is washed, preened and decked
up in long strings of cowries, beads; colourful, woven saddle-straps and
embroidered back-covers and for the final touch, it is perfumed!
Over the first five days of the fair, camels, horses, cows, goats and
sheep are sold and purchased. The camel however is the focus of all the
fuss and many a camel sport is organised. Camel races are usually the
first of these and it truly is a thrilling scene to see a large number of
these lumbering beasts thunder through the fields raising up clouds of
dust. Then comes the event analogous to musical chairs. Here, each time
the music stops, the camel is supposed to manage to stick its long arching
neck between two poles, a hilarious event where the camel owner guides its
entrant by tugging on a silken cord attached to its nose ring.
The beauty contest judges each camel on its gait, choice of equipment and
ornament and its capacity to interpret and carry out commands. There's a
whole other competitive camel world out there. The cheery on the cake
however is the last competition called 'laadoo oonth', it tests the
strength of the camel to see how much weight the camel can carry, man
after man clamber onto the ridge-like back of the camel, each clutching at
the other to retain the collectively precarious position. It is not an
uncommon sight to see the human cargo come crashing down as the camel
tries to get to its feet. And what is more the willing tourist is welcome
to join in.
fair also has a variety of stalls, selling everything from silver
jewellery to clothes to tattoos. Ferris wheels and other circus
attractions are also hugely popular here. The city also has a large number
of eateries providing everything from falafel, pastas and pizzas to
authentic Rajasthani cuisine. And each night, once the dust has settled,
the sounds of folk music, storytellers, dances and partying carries well
out into the desert.
The fair closes on the sacred day of Kartik Purnima with a splash. On
this day the waters of the famed Pushkar lake are said to wash away the
sins of a lifetime. The mystical water is also believed to cure skin
diseases, making Pushkar the Lourdes of the east . After bathing, the
devotees line up in long colourful queues to take their turn to worship
the Creator, Brahma.
On the last night of the fair the waters of the lake are resplendent with
thousands of lamps and flowers floating on its surface. A beautiful and
befitting end to this intense celebration.